As was made abundantly clear by 2017’s  massive Equifax data breach which affected 148 million people and was perpetrated by exploiting a  vulnerability in Apache software for which Apache had already issued a security update, but Equifax failed to install, it is critical to install software security updates and patches as soon as they are available.  Constant updating of the software we all use with the latest security patches and updates is an essential part of avoiding scams and identity theft threats.  Whenever new security updates and patches are issued, we provide access to these so that you can update your software to provide better security on your computers, smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.  Updating your software with the latest security patches and updates as soon as possible is important because identity thieves and scammers are always finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in the software that we all use.  Delay in updating your software could lead to disastrous results.  However, it is also important to be sure that you are downloading legitimate patches and updates rather than being tricked by an identity thief or scammer into downloading malware under the guise of downloading a security patch or update.  Today’s security update involves serious vulnerabilities in a number of Apple products.

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Here is a  link to this recent security update as posted by the Department of Homeland Security regarding the latest Apple updates: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/11/06/apple-releases-security-updates-multiple-products

While you can get your Apple software updates in the App Store,  you also can choose to get your updates automatically downloaded which is a simple way to make sure that you don’t miss any important security updates.  Here at Scamicide.com we will continue to alert you to important updates in the software programs that you use.

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